Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, government services, public accommodations and transportation. Over the past two decades, the ADA has gone a long way toward ensuring that people with disabilities have access to the same services and opportunities as everyone else. It has opened doors for millions of Americans to pursue employment, access services and participate equally in community life.
This week, The MENTOR Network recognizes the anniversary of this life-changing act’s signing. We celebrate the progress that has been made toward guaranteeing that every individual has opportunities to grow and thrive, regardless of the challenges they face.
The Network’s long history as one of the country’s first home- and community-based providers of services to people with disabilities has placed it at the forefront of the effort to move individuals out of institutions and into community-based programs where they can be a part of neighborhood life. Over the years, we’ve helped individuals across the country build rich, meaningful lives. But the work of making our communities more inclusive and full of opportunity for people with disabilities is ongoing.
“The MENTOR Network remains committed to opening doors for individuals with disabilities and helping to eliminate the barriers that prevent them from living as independently as possible,” said Brett Cohen, The Network’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our efforts include educating the public on the needs of individuals with disabilities, advocating for those needs with government officials, and working with families and community partners to ensure access to needed resources. Our goal is to help each person we serve live a full, more independent life in the community they call home.”